Fox News Has Crazy New Idea of Putting 4 Women on One News Show

Fox News announced today that the news network of choice for the hate-poisoned elderly will soon be launching an innovative new show called which will feature four female panelists and — wait for the twist, guys; it's so good! — ONE DUDE. It's called "Outnumbered" and it will for sure be a gigantic leap forward for… » 4/16/14 6:30pm 4/16/14 6:30pm

Updated Report Shows That the Media Gender Gap Is Still Enormous

The Women's Media Center has released an update to its annual State of the Media report; its findings are (as always) pretty grim. This year: out of 27,000 pieces of content — a category that includes "TV networks, newspapers, news wires, and online news sites" — reviewed for the study, 63.4 contributors were male. Ugh. » 4/04/14 3:40pm 4/04/14 3:40pm

There’s No Earthly Way You Can Watch All the TV Tonight

Unless you're Adrian Veidt or James Woods in Videodrome and (spoiler alert) your stomach has turned into a weird VCR vagina, there's no way you'll be able to keep up with all the television you are required BY LAW to watch this evening. Seriously, the Sunday afternoon/evening lineup is so daunting…[How daunting is… » 1/12/14 1:00pm 1/12/14 1:00pm

This Man Gets Paid By The Wall Street Journal To Be Sexist

Though we've covered Wall Street Journal Op-Ed contributor James Taranto's history of being "a prolific woman-hating troll" in writing, Hannah Groch-Begley and Coleman Lowndes of Media Matters have done us a solid and compiled some of Taranto's most offensive video appearances together into a short but compelling clip.… » 1/07/14 11:50am 1/07/14 11:50am

How Hollywood Helps Deter Women from Computer Science

The New York Times today would like to suggest that storytelling is powerful, that, in the whole art/life dynamic, it’s life that imitates art, not the other way around, at least not when it comes to kids imagining viable career paths for themselves. For instance, too many “Dilbert” perusals and Office Space viewings… » 10/26/13 1:30pm 10/26/13 1:30pm

Why the Hell Are On-Screen Interracial Relationships Still a Big Deal?

We're now in year six of sunny post-racial America, and things are going great, right!?! We have a biracial president, and, uh...Halle Berry won an Oscar that time...and...a vocal contingent of Americans will eagerly whip themselves into a racist frenzy over a kid having a white mom and a black dad in a fucking… » 9/11/13 6:10pm 9/11/13 6:10pm

Beauty is an Impediment: Julia Pastrana and the Modern-Day Politics of …

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While critics were debating if Lena Dunham gets too naked too often; or if Melissa McCarthy is too fat to be a movie star Julia Pastrana’s mummified remains were being collected from an Oslo medical facility and sent home to Mexico to be laid to rest. In her death, as in life, the subject of Ms. Pastrana's looks and … » 7/05/13 3:45pm 7/05/13 3:45pm

Don't Ask Writers to Work for Free Unless You Want an Eloquent 'Fuck Off'

One weird thing about being a professional writer is that a lot of people seem to think your job is fake. Up until a couple of years ago, people said shit like this to me all the time: "Oh, you do your little jokes in the newspaper, right? Maybe you can help me write some jokes for my favorite geology professor's going… » 6/14/13 10:00am 6/14/13 10:00am

It's Dude-itors All the Way Down

In the middle of the Venn diagram between the glass ceiling, the vanilla ceiling, and chilled out dude-itors, you'll find the cover of the summer issue of Port. There, staring back at you, are the patriarchs-in-chief of some of the most influential American print magazines, which, if you believe them, have the same… » 6/11/13 4:50pm 6/11/13 4:50pm

The Mostly Sexless Sex Scandal That Shook ESPN

A few hours after the 2009 Home Run Derby, Steve Phillips bought Brooke Hundley a drink. They were at the bar of St. Louis's Millenium Hotel, a block from Busch Stadium, where more than a dozen ESPN staffers had gathered after wrapping up another day's work during MLB's extended All-Star weekend. Hundley was a… » 6/06/13 1:32pm 6/06/13 1:32pm